Listening is a very important way in which to establish a respectful and professional relationship with a child. By listening, without interruption, to what the child has to say shows them that you are interested in their views and encourages them to interact with you. It is very important when talking or listening to a child that you maintain eye contact, concentrate on what they are saying and physically lower yourself to their level. This shows the child respect and that you consider them as an equal. Finding out about some of their interests and hobbies will also show them that you are really interested. You should make an effort to learn all children’s names, how to spell them and how to pronounce them. A way of showing fairness is allowing a child to explain their version of events. This shows that you are ready to listen. However, it is important to be consistent in situations, if two children break the same rule it would be unfair to punish one and not the other, this would result in lack of respect from the children. Being polite not only shows respect but as an adult being polite is a good role model for the children. Children always have stories to tell and being interested and polite shows them that you have listened to them. Children copy the behaviour of adults, if you are polite, honest, fair and respectful to children there is more chance that they will act the same.

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